Often misinterpreted, using moderation as a basis to approach your diet is an essential way to promote a healthy eating and overall lifestyle when going about your weekly routine. Contrary to popular belief, moderation does not necessarily mean cutting out all the foods that you love, it actually indicates limiting the intake of less healthy foods, while also maintaining a diet that is rich in fiber, calcium and protein.
Throughout this process, try your best to not ban any food groups or junk food from your diet, as this often results in wanting those foods more. When you happen to crave these foods more, this usually results in consuming these foods in bulk and often reduces your self esteem.
To avoid compromising any self-confidence, you can start by reducing the portion size of the chocolate chip cookie or the potato chips, while also lessening the intake frequency. For some, reducing the unhealthy intake of foods allows you to crave them less in order to consume these overly processed foods or high calorie snacks altogether.
With bigger portions becoming the normal size in restaurants all over the country, it takes even more self control to manage not only what, but how much you consume when dining out with friends or family. Ordering starters, splitting entrees and opting to drink water instead of soda or high calorie beverage is an ideal way to put a stop to overeating at restaurants.
When cooking at home, be mindful of portion control when you are preparing what the dinner menu will consist of on a day to day basis. Ideally, adhering to traditional serving sizes of proteins and carbs is a great way to manage how much food you are intaking. Your protein share should be the size of a deck of cards, while your carb size should be around the size of a light bulb. If you happen to still be hungry after a meal, adding more leafy green vegetables to a salad or eating some yogurt or fruit for dessert will help reduce hunger.
Another tip to keep in mind when eating is to eat slowly to allow yourself to realize when you are actually full. Often times people get so carried away eating as much as they can early on in the meal that they do not let their brains tell their bodies to register satisfaction after a meal.
Also, if you can, try to eat with others as much as you can in order to not only set a better example for others, but it also lets you think twice about your portions. Because eating in front of a TV or computer creates unhealthy eating for an extended period of time, try your best to eat meals away from any digital devices that would increase the likelihood of this happening.
In terms of planning ahead for meals, eating a healthy breakfast (such as eggs or oatmeal), allows you to get a jumpstart on your day, in addition to getting your metabolism on the right track. Snacking on dried fruits, nuts and oats can suppress hunger, while also providing the necessary energy throughout the day.